The Perth Mint annually releases bullion and proof versions of its Lunar Series II coins. With each new design, the Perth Mint creates even more buzz among collectors, but limited-issue designs are what really catch a collector’s eye. Today, the 2015 ½ oz Proof Colorized Silver Australian Goat Coin is available to purchase on Silver.com.
- Ships in a protective box from Perth Mint with a CoA.
- Mintage limited to 10,000 coins only.
- Eighth design from Perth Mint’s Lunar Series II collection.
- Commemorates the Year of the Goat.
- Consists of One-Half Troy ounce of .999 fine silver.
- Face value of $.50 (AUD) is fully backed by Australia’s government.
- Reverse features the colorized Year of the Goat design.
- Obverse bears the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
Each of these 2015 ½ oz Proof Colorized Silver Australian Goat Coins is part of the Perth Mint’s two-coin proof collection of colorized specimens. The ½ oz coin is available with a mintage of 10,000 coins, all devoted to individual purchase. The 1 oz. version, as the other option, has 9,000 coins available for individual purchase with the remaining 1,000 committed to a four-coin Year of the Goat proof set.
On the reverse of each of these 2015 ½ oz Proof Colorized Silver Australian Goat Coins you’ll find the Perth Mint’s Year of the Goat design for its silver lineup. The group of grazing goats has full color added to their wool, bringing each one to life in different way. The background has not been colorized and remains a beautiful silver.
The obverse of the coin has no colorization added, and like all Silver Australian Goat Coins features the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty is captured in right-profile relief on all British and Australian coinage, with this image coming from artist Ian Rank-Broadley in 1998 as the fourth-generation image of Her Majesty.
Lunar Series II coins are all part of a 12-coin release that coincides with the Chinese Lunar Calendar. Each coin’s design honors the specific animal featured on the Zodiac that year, with those born under the sign of the goat said to be elegant and charming, as well as artistic and gifted.
Perth Mint was originally founded in 1899 as the final of three Royal Mint systems. After Australian federation, the mint served as a primary minting facility for Australian currency until the founding of the Royal Australian Mint in 1965. Today it remains as a state-owned entity of Western Australia and exists separate of the sovereign mint of the federal government.
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